18. Giving pop culture a pass
No trends, or ‘passing fads.’ Pokémon: banned. Barbies: banned. Beanie Babies: banned. PlayStation/Gameboys? Banned. Anything particularly fashionable, or popular – regardless of actual merit – was met with derision, and we’d be mocked for even suggesting interest.
This blanket ban on trendy toys was especially unfair. Indeed, some of these pop-cultural artifacts do not deserve to be lumped together. Sure, you could argue that Gameboys were a passing fad which has since gone to the grave, but PlayStations and Pokémon are still going strong. Clearly, the parents who passed down the order to pass these items by were not great predictors of future popularity. In fact, maybe that was why this particular mom and dad decided to eschew pop culture altogether – much to the chagrin of their little charges.
17. Strictly no dancing queen
My parents were slack; my best friend’s parents were so strict. She would escape to my house for freedom… Her parents allowed her to go to prom but said she wasn’t allowed to dance. We all went to prom, had fun dancing. Until she saw her parents standing at the back, watching.
The awful sinking feeling in that poor kid’s stomach as she spotted her parents’ disproval at her enjoying herself will probably be one she never forgets. Indeed, just imagine not being allowed to dance – of all things – at your own prom. What else are you supposed to do there? And, really, what sane reason could anyone possibly have for forbidding their daughter to dance?
16. A crazy curfew consequence
For every minute I was late coming in from curfew, I got grounded a week. I once spent ten weeks grounded due to a sobriety check point.
Curfews can make sense in some situations, but only when the restriction is enforced with a reasonable penalty – say, a minute late now equals a minute earlier next time. Unfortunately, that key factor seems to have eluded the parents of this kid in the online contributor’s younger days. Indeed, we are not sure how this mad mom and dad arrived at their crazy calculations, but the math definitely does not add up.